CaliforniaFIRST (California)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place California

Name CaliforniaFIRST
Incentive Type PACE Financing
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family Residential, Agricultural
Eligible Technologies Equipment Insulation, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Furnaces, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Heat recovery, Programmable Thermostats, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Roofs, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Tankless Water Heaters
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Terms Minimum financing amount: 50,000

The maximum financing amount is dependent on the property value. Current outstanding debt plus CaliforniaFIRST financing amount must be less than the property value plus the value of the financed projects.
Repayment periods range from 5-20 years, depending on the expected useful life of the financed improvements and the negotiated terms.

Program Administrator Renewable Funding
Date added to DSIRE 2012-09-27
Last DSIRE Review 2014-06-06

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


The CaliforniaFIRST Program is a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program for non-residential properties. PACE programs allow property owners to finance the installation of energy and water improvements on their buildings and to pay the amount back through their property taxes. CaliforniaFIRST is available to commercial, industrial, agricultural, and multi-family (over 5 units) buildings in one of the 120 participating cities or the unincorporated parts of the 14 participating counties. Click here to see all the local governments that are participating.

Eligibility is generally determined by the property records and value, and the property must meet general underwriting criteria established by the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA). The property must be current in payment for all obligations secured by the property, including mortgages, property taxes, and assessment and tax liens, for the past 3 years. There cannot be any notices of default or foreclosure filed against the property within the last 5 years. The current property owner also cannot have a record of bankruptcy in the past 7 years. Lenders may request additional information and have additional criteria.

More information and a complete list of the currently approved energy and water efficiency technologies are available at the web site above.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Program Information

Phone (844) 589-7953



  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency"